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In front of an Advocare Invitational record crowd of 4871 people, the Flyers managed to hold on against the Iowa Hawkeyes 82 to 77 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Flyers, led by redshirt junior guard Charles Cooke, were up as many as 14 points in the second before surrendering the lead late in the half. Mike Gesell hit a three with 2:35 left in the second half to give the Hawkeyes a 75 71 lead. The Flyers then used an 11 to 2 run the rest of the game to get the win. Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke led the comeback late in the second half as Scoochie had 4 points and one assist and Charles had 7 points during this run. During most of the second half, the Flyers held a pretty substantial lead until the Hawkeyes and Brady Ellingson got hot from 3. The Hawkeyes shot 6 of 11 (Ellingson went 3 of 4) from three and it seemed like they were getting a ton of open looks off of on ball and off ball screens. The Flyers struggled to defend these screens well and definitely paid the price as this poor defense almost cost them the game.
The Hawkeyes shot 43.5% (27-62) from the field, 50% (12-24) from three, and 64.7% (11-17) from the line during the game. The one thing that kept them in the game, and almost won it for them, was their great three point shooting. Iowa is a team that can live and die by the three, but this game wasn’t really a representation of that as they shot well from the three and still lost. Iowa pulled down 33 boards and had a decent assist to turnover ratio as they dished out 19 assists and turned the ball over 12 times. They also swatted 3 shots and had 6 steals. Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff made it rain from three as he went 4-7. He was only 6-15 from the field for 18 points but was Iowa’s leading scorer in 31 minutes of game action. Junior guard Peter Jok and senior guard Anthony Clemmons also helped Iowa out as they each scored double digits, 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Flyers shot 49.1% (27-55) from the field, 35% (7-20) from three, and a very respectable 77.8% (21-27) from the line. The Flyers grabbed 39 rebounds and had another rough night holding onto the ball. They turned the ball over 16 times and only had 11 assists for another bad assist to turnover ratio. This is a persisting problem for the Flyers and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Getting careless with the ball costs you games. Dayton blocked 1 shot and had 7 steals. The Flyers almost dominated the paint scoring 34 points to Iowa’s 14. During a night where everything seemed to be going his way, Charles Cooke had another huge game for the Flyers totaling 22 points and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Cooke was the Flyers leading scorer. Kendall Pollard seems to be getting back to his normal self as he had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting while grabbing 5 rebounds. Kyle Davis also had a very big night as he had 16 points and 2 rebounds. He also went 6 of 7 from the line. Scoochie will be Scoochie. He leads this team day in and day out. He played 36 minutes, scored 11 points and dished out 7 assists while only turning the ball over twice. He also managed 5 rebounds.
Iowa will play their second game in the Advocare Invitational Friday night against Notre Dame.
The Flyers will play their second game in the Advocare Invitational Friday night against Monmouth who upset Notre Dame 70 to 68 in their first game of the tournament.
Alex Handorf ’17